14ymedio, Havana 28 December 2015 — If a face reflects Cuba of 2015, it is that of Yordanka Ariosa. Her voice, her laughter and her shyness were unforgettable to those who watched her receive the Silver Shell for Best Actress at the prestigious San Sebastian Film Festival. The actress thus became the first Cuban to receive such an acknowledgement for her role in the film The King of Havana.
The name of this woman from Sancti Spiritus born in 1982 has continued to echo among actors, directors and playwrights of the national cultural scene in recent weeks. However, Ariosa has not received formal recognition on the island. The movie, by Agusti Villaronga, never received permission to be filmed on the island and has not been shown, despite being inspired by the novel of Cuban writer Pedro Juan Gutierrez.
Right now, this actress, a graduate of Cuba’s Instituto Superior de Arte, has returned to the island to rehearse with the group Teatro de la Luna and – cross your fingers — to win the Goya Award, for which she has also been nominated for her portrayal of Magda The King of Havana.